Jose Valverde RP NYM 18 Days

Jose Valverde is expected to serve as the Mets' closer with Bobby Parnell (elbow) sidelined.

This could be more of a statement about the Mets' bullpen than anything else, but Valverde looks like the best option now that Parnell is headed to the disabled list. Though, to his credit, the 36-year-old looked solid in the spring and struck out three batters over 1 1/3 innings on Opening Day against the Nationals. He's a must-own in all fantasy formats for now, but we're still not convinced he has much left in the tank. The Mets could eventually look to Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, or Gonzalez Germen if it turns out that Parnell needs surgery. It's even possible that they could sign a free agent like Joel Hanrahan. In other words, don't look at Valverde as a long-term option for your fantasy team.

Jose Valverde RP NYM 19 Days

Jose Valverde struck out three batters over 1 1/3 scoreless innings Monday against the Nationals.

His appearance came an inning before Bobby Parnell blew the first save of the 2014 MLB season. Valverde is next-in-line for ninth-inning opportunities behind Parnell, who has had trouble finding his fastball velocity. Stash the veteran right-hander in fantasy leagues.

Jose Valverde RP NYM 24 Days

Jose Valverde could see some save opportunities early in the season as Bobby Parnell returns from neck surgery.

Parnell is the Mets' undisputed closer, but Mets manager Terry Collins has expressed some concern about using Parnell three straight days. Valverde, who made the team as a non-roster invitee, would be first in line for those saves. Otherwise, the 36-year-old will serve as the team's primary setup man.

Jose Valverde RP NYM 24 Days

Mets purchased the contract of RHP Jose Valverde from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Valverde was a non-roster invitee this spring, but he appears to be the likely primary set-up man for Bobby Parnell now that Vic Black will begin the year in the minors. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.00 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over nine innings this spring. We're skeptical, but the Mets are hoping that he still has something left in the tank.

Jose Valverde RP NYM 1 Month

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman believes Jose Valverde will make the Mets.

Coming off a rough 5.59 ERA over 20 appearances with the Tigers last season, Valverde inked a minor league contract with the Mets last month. Papa Grande will receive a $1 million salary if he makes the team.

Jose Valverde RP NYM 1 Month

Jose Valverde surrendered two runs and three hits in his inning Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin penciled Valverde into the pen in his updated Mets roster projection today, but there's still a ways to go before there will be a final decision on his status. He's now allowed three runs in four innings this spring.

Jose Valverde RP NYM 2 Months

Mets signed RHP Jose Valverde to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jose Valverde RP NYM 4 Months

Updating a previous report, Jose Valverde has not signed a contract with the Diamondbacks.

Valverde denied CBS Sports' Jon Heyman's report that he had inked a minor league deal in a conversation with Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Valverde recently switched agents from Scott Boras to Praver/Shapiro. The 35-year-old registered a 5.59 ERA over 19 1/3 innings with Detroit in 2013 before the Tigers designated him for assignment.

Jose Valverde RP NYM 4 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jose Valverde has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks.

Papa Grande's career has derailed over the past two seasons, as he's posted a 4.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 67/33 K/BB ratio over 88 1/3 innings. Things really bottomed out in 2013, when the 35-year-old posted a 5.59 ERA over 19 1/3 innings with Detroit. Valverde isn't likely to ever see the ninth inning in Arizona, as the Snakes have a host of pitchers that include Addison Reed, J.J. Putz, David Hernandez and Brad Ziegler ahead of him in the bullpen hierarchy.

Jose Valverde RP NYM 9 Months

Tigers released RHP Jose Valverde.

Valverde accepted a minor league assignment after being designated for assignment in June, but the Tigers are ready to move on. The 35-year-old posted a 5.59 ERA, nine saves and a 19/6 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings with Detroit this season. His days of fantasy relevancy are long gone.